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April 9th, 2013
11:20 AM ET

Elaborate hoax: No, Joel Osteen has not renounced his faith

By Dan Merica, CNN
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Washington (CNN) – Joel Osteen, the popular megachurch pastor from Houston, is the target of an Internet hoax that falsely reported the Christian leader was leaving his church and renouncing his faith.

On a website designed to mimic Osteen’s official website, the pranksters posted “A special message from Pastor Joel.” The post describes the Bible as “a fallible, flawed, highly inconsistent history book that has been altered hundreds of times” and announces that Osteen plans to leave his Lakewood Church.

Osteen and church staff  labeled the website a fraud and said the idea that he was leaving the faith was a "false rumor."

According to the website's registration, Lucas Skass with BMG Enterprises LLC, who lists his residence in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, purchased the domain name on April 1 of this year – April Fools Day.

Calls to the number listed for Skass, as well as people associated with BMG Enterprises LLC, have gone unanswered.

"I am leaving the Christian faith," says a big banner near the top of the page.

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In addition to the announcement, the website posted a fake screenshot of CNN.com that included a falsified headline about Osteen’s supposed decision. The pranksters also launched an associated Twitter account that has since been suspended.

The website - http://www.joelostenministries.com/ - spells Osteen’s name wrong and comes with an elaborate disclaimer.

“This site is the property of Pastor Joel Osten and Joel Osten Ministries. It bears no relation to ‘Joel Osteen’ or ‘Lakewood Church,’" the disclaimer reads. “Any implication or relation to 'Joel Osteen' and the 'Lakewood Church' is purely coincidental. 'Joel Osteen' is not in any way involved or related to this site and references to 'Joel Osteen' are, again, entirely coincidental.”

In an interview with ABC News, Osteen dismissed the prank.

“You know, I’m really not angry. I don’t feel like a victim,” Osteen said. “I feel too blessed, that life is too short to let things like this get you down.”

He continued: “You can’t stop everything from happening, but you can choose to say, ‘God, it’s in your hands.’ I’m going to move forward. I’m going stay full of joy and I’m going to enjoy this day.”

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Though Osteen dismissed the hoax, many on Twitter fell for it and were shocked by the announcement.

When one person on Twitter asked Osteen directly whether he was leaving the church, someone managing Osteen’s Twitter account responded by knocking down the false report.

Osteen has led the 45,000-person church since 1999, after his father, the founder of Lakewood Church, stepped down. He is one of the most recognizable faces in American Christianity and his ministry says Osteen’s sermons reach some 10 million people a week in over 100 countries.

- Dan Merica

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Pastors

soundoff (1,629 Responses)
  1. Brewers_Fan7 (it's rough this year)

    I really enjoy watching the atheists and religionists go back and forth. Of course the atheists comments are usually much more intentionally entertaining, but the religionists put up a good fight. Albeit unintentionally, of course. The fact is the Bible has been researched as much or more than any other narrative in the history of man. It's also a fact that modern science has debunked so much of what's in there that there's really nothing left. Cosmology has explained our origins in the universe (at least to the point of the Big Band, the pesky singularity is still being a pain in the butt) and evolution does a good job explaining the origin of our species. Archaeology has debunked many of the Bible's stories, and historians can tell us that there are no reliable records of a rabble rouser named Jesus in the Roman records.

    If you feel that faith and religion make you a better person then I have a hard time arguing with that. I will, however, argue with you when you claim that religion is the basis for our morality. It is not, and thankfully so. Otherwise we'd be killing kids, and stoning wives. Morality exists in spite of religion, not because of it.

    Back to Joel Osteen...maybe the guy legitimately believes what he preaches, I don't know. I just know that he reminds me of a really slippery used car salesman.

    April 10, 2013 at 2:55 pm |
    • lol??

      He is a socialist who knows how to take advantage of mediums. Larry King, who got knocked silly by socie marriage, couldn't even pick up on that fact.

      April 10, 2013 at 3:13 pm |
    • lol??

      Walk up to a happily married man and tell him his old lady is a hoe and see what happens. Along comes the socies tellin' XX's they have the right to be hoes, equality so to speak. Equal Opportunity Destroyers. Jerry Lee didn't put up with the doctrines.

      April 10, 2013 at 3:25 pm |
    • John

      "Walk up to a happily married man and tell him his old lady is a hoe and see what happens."

      Insults can never be given, they can only be taken.

      April 10, 2013 at 3:29 pm |
    • midwest rail

      " He is a socialist who knows how to take advantage of mediums. "
      No.

      April 10, 2013 at 3:32 pm |
    • Jon

      Brewers Fan must have got all of his info from wiki. No surprise there.

      April 10, 2013 at 3:43 pm |
  2. Salero21

    So atheists are like a troop of wild baboons, they don't even know how to spread a false rumor. Go figure! That's why I say again and again that atheists are stupid, because they are.

    April 10, 2013 at 2:42 pm |
    • Salero21

      Atheists and Idolaters are just about the same!

      April 10, 2013 at 2:43 pm |
    • ReligionIsBS

      You do know the guy who started the rumor was chrisitan, right? And im pretty sure this blog has never gone 15 minutes without a christian making themselves look bad. Thanks for keeping that up!

      April 10, 2013 at 2:54 pm |
    • Hmm

      You're mature.

      April 10, 2013 at 3:00 pm |
    • Larry

      Who said that this was an atheist prank? From the sound of things Osteen has more Christian critics than atheist ones.

      April 10, 2013 at 3:13 pm |
    • Bible Clown©

      Please give me some facts and figures about how fast a troop of baboons can spread a rumor. Then go jump off a bridge.

      April 10, 2013 at 3:37 pm |
  3. Bible Clown©

    At the end of the day, it was mean of someone to take this kind of a swat at Osteen. I think he deserved it and probably asks for it every day, and I'm not losing sleep over it, but lots of perfectly nice church ladies and old men can't tell him from a real minister and were shocked and hurt. It didn't really help any of his victims get free, and just wasted everyone's time. In their defense, I'm surprised it fooled anyone because his name was spelled wrong.

    April 10, 2013 at 2:32 pm |
    • lol??

      How big is a day, daddy?

      April 10, 2013 at 2:54 pm |
    • lol??

      Any church that demands a ti*the is all for double taxation. Da gubmint church gets way more than that when you consider inflation.

      April 10, 2013 at 2:58 pm |
    • Bible Clown©

      "How big is a day, daddy?" It's about the time it takes the earth to revolve around the sun, son. Now shut up and let me drink in peace.

      April 10, 2013 at 3:38 pm |
  4. Anson

    If a suit isn't worth at least $10,000 USD, he won't wear it.

    April 10, 2013 at 1:59 pm |
    • lol??

      A suit is worth an ounce of gold.

      April 10, 2013 at 2:10 pm |
  5. Stephen Hawking is an Idiot

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eX8GV4bRDkE

    April 10, 2013 at 1:55 pm |
    • ReligionIsBS

      "Steven Hawiking is an idiot" sounds a lot like what an idiot would say about a world renowned astrophysicist.

      April 10, 2013 at 2:55 pm |
    • Bible Clown©

      Well, it can be proven that Hawkings is not an idiot, so you lose. Thanks for playing. The exit is that way.

      April 10, 2013 at 3:39 pm |
  6. sybaris

    and not a p-h-u-c-k was given

    April 10, 2013 at 1:42 pm |
  7. Todd

    Why would he leave? His net worth of $40 million dollars made in the name of God – Pat Robertson net worth at 140 million. Just simple men doing God's work – what a joke

    April 10, 2013 at 1:30 pm |
    • lol??

      Isn't P R the son of a poor servant? a PUblic Servant?

      April 10, 2013 at 1:33 pm |
    • meccano

      Pat is more likely worth more. He sold his Family Channel to Fox (which was then bought by Disney – ABC Family) for 1.9 BILLION in 1997.

      April 10, 2013 at 1:44 pm |
    • lol??

      Problem is a billion ain't nuthin' these dayz. The Big O spends that on dinner parties. They have an Indonesian motif, with a Stanley cup thrown in for gud measure.

      April 10, 2013 at 1:52 pm |
    • midwest rail

      " The Big O spends that on dinner parties. "
      No.

      April 10, 2013 at 1:54 pm |
    • davey

      Oh those wicked one percenters. Tell me you wouldn't trade places with someone as wealthy as this you lying little obot,

      ha ha ah

      April 10, 2013 at 2:00 pm |
  8. Science

    Hey chaz another one for and.........................

    Education is key.. some issues on this thread about age of the earth

    Another timeline go figure interactive too

    For all creationists and bible thumpers !!!

    Earth’s timeline works better than the bible's timeline

    Trace our planet's geological and biological ages

    http://www.nbcnews.com/id/33184839/ns/technology_and_science/

    Peace

    Interactive timeline

    April 10, 2013 at 1:27 pm |
    • lol??

      age of the earth? How old are you?

      April 10, 2013 at 1:31 pm |
    • Science

      Old enough to operate a big old back-hoe with bucket to dig out big OLD stony iron meteorites !!!

      April 10, 2013 at 1:35 pm |
    • lol??

      Oh yeah??!! I know an operator than makes a hoe look like a ballerina when he leads!

      April 10, 2013 at 1:41 pm |
    • Science

      You do know this lol??

      Not the fairy in the sky !!!

      Where Does All Earth's Gold Come From? Precious Metals the Result of Meteorite Bombardment, Rock Analysis Finds

      Sep. 9, 2011 — Ultra high precision analyses of some of the oldest rock samples on Earth by researchers at the University of Bristol provides clear evidence that the planet's accessible reserves of precious metals are the result of a bombardment of meteorites more than 200 million years after Earth was formed.

      Dr Willbold continued: "Our work shows that most of the precious metals on which our economies and many key industrial processes are based have been added to our planet by lucky coincidence when the Earth was hit by about 20 billion billion tonnes of asteroidal material."

      This research was funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/09/110907132044.htm

      April 10, 2013 at 1:50 pm |
    • lol??

      Well change all that gold into lead and do SOMETHING with the nuclear waste!

      April 10, 2013 at 2:16 pm |
    • lol??

      OK wise guy science, with all the gubmint funding, how would you like to be flying to an exotic place on your well deserved vacation and a piece of space junk comes piercing through the plane? Turn everyplace into a junkyard?? The world's thoughts are a blank canvas for your bathroom humour in a national park restroom??

      April 10, 2013 at 2:31 pm |
    • Science

      The soup is thick and you are STUCK in IT lol??

      How Did Early Primordial Cells Evolve?
      February 28, 2013 — New research on bacteria examines how primordial cells could have evolved without protein machinery or cell walls. While the vast majority of bacteria have cell walls, many bacteria can switch to a ...

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/search/?keyword=primordial+soup

      April 10, 2013 at 2:39 pm |
    • Bible Clown©

      Dear Science,
      Lol is pulling your leg. Also, that's the easily-accessible deposits, not 'all the gold.' It's a good sign that gold, silver, and platinum are probably just floating around in space, waiting for the Chinese to get there.

      April 10, 2013 at 2:44 pm |
    • Science

      Dear Bible Clown© lol??,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,gave it up awhile ago ................but decided to come back as a zombie instead ?

      April 10, 2013 at 3:05 pm |
    • Chance

      @Science

      Sure some people hold to the "biblical" age of the Earth out of faith. Regardless of the age of the Earth it has no bearing on the Bible. The Bible itself was not founded on answering the question of the age of the Earth. In other words men derived from the Bible a age of the Earth which at the time may have seemed like a good idea being that science had no better answer. The "Biblical" age since then has been shown to be incorrect via modern science. Still though new scientific discoveries about the age of the Earth mean nothing to the Bible validity. The story of creation was not intended to reveal the age of the Earth or reveal the math behind quantum mechanics, it was to convey that Earth was created. The Bible was not written to a modern day world, I have heard it put the Bible was not written to us but for us. Simply the age of the Earth has nothing to do with the Bible.

      April 10, 2013 at 3:28 pm |
    • Science

      Chance for you maybe........................ for me I believe in facts at sciencedaily.com .

      April 10, 2013 at 4:09 pm |
    • Chance

      That's my point, the Bible wasn't written to give the age of the Earth. We can study our surroundings to figure out the age of the Earth. To ask the Bible to give you the age of the Earth is misguided, it was not intended for this purpose. So the age of the Earth is irreverent to the Bible is my point, it's neither for or against the Bible.

      April 10, 2013 at 4:31 pm |
    • Science

      BS have a great day ( created in six days)

      Maybe they should not have created the wedge !!!
      The wedge strategy is a political and social action plan authored by the Discovery Insti-tute, the hub of the intelligent design movement. The strategy was put forth in a Discovery Insti-tute manifesto known as the Wedge Docu-ment,[1] which describes a broad social, political, and academic agenda who

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wedge_strategy

      Dover Trial Transcripts............................................. FACTS.

      Below are the complete transcripts from the Dover Trial. Thanks to our friends at the National Center for Science Education for helping us fill in the missing transcripts.

      http://www.aclupa.org/legal/legaldocket/intelligentdesigncase/dovertrialtranscripts.htm

      And the missing link !

      Looks like that funky talking snake ?........................is the fairy in the fossil bed ?

      Strange Spaghetti-Shaped Creature Is Missing Link: Discovery Pushes Fossil Record Back 200 Million Years

      Mar. 13, 2013 — Canada's 505 million year-old Burgess Shale fossil beds, located in Yoho National Park, have yielded yet another major scientific discovery – this time with the unearthing of a strange spaghetti-shaped creature.

      April 10, 2013 at 4:36 pm |
    • Chance

      @Science To say the Earth is any age makes no difference to the Bible's validity. To attack a "Bible Thumper" by saying the Earth is millions of years old means nothing. The Bible is not the correct place to look for the age of the Earth or a explanation for the laws of physics. Age means nothing, what means something to a "Bible Thumper" is that "there is something rather than nothing". That the universe is not infinite which modern science tells us. What matters to the "Bible Thumper" is that the universe began to exist. For it to begin it had a cause and that's what matters to the "Bible Thumper".

      April 10, 2013 at 4:39 pm |
    • Science

      Was the bible around back then ?

      Human Y Chromosome Much Older

      Than Previously Thought

      Mar. 4, 2013 — The discovery and analysis of an extremely rare African American Y chromosome pushes back the time of the most recent common ancestor for the Y chromosome lineage tree to 338,000 years ago. This time predates the age of the oldest known anatomically modern human fossils.

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/03/130305145821.htm

      No god(s) needed or required to graduate from public schools in the US

      April 10, 2013 at 4:43 pm |
    • Chance

      @Science you may consider a new handle @ Science Fiction it will suite you better.

      None of your links or rants had anything to do with the point I was making about the age of the Earth. I said form the beginning people do hold to the "Biblical" age of the Earth. My point is from the outside looking in it makes no difference, because to ask the Bible for something unintended is misguided. So to bring up the age of the Earth doesn't make the Bible is false, what is incorrect would be to infer the Earth's age from the Bible because that's not it's purpose.

      April 10, 2013 at 4:46 pm |
    • Chance

      Evolution – this like Age means nothing to the Bible. The missing link is just that, it's missing, there has yet been the discovery of the human descendant from the ancient ape. It is irrelevant of how old it is presumed to be, again age means nothing to the Bible. The Bible was not founded on dating life or dating the creation of Earth. Ape like creatures could have walked on Earth at any point in the finite past it, it does nothing to the credibility of the Bible.

      April 10, 2013 at 4:56 pm |
    • Science

      Glad it is not in the bible ?

      Genesis 1. The Holy Bible: King James Version

      Peace

      April 10, 2013 at 5:03 pm |
    • Chance

      As stated previously the story of creation was not intended to reveal the age of the Earth it was to convey that Earth was created.

      April 10, 2013 at 5:50 pm |
    • Science

      Hey lol?? remember gave it up !!!

      Atheist Prof. Peter Higgs: Stop calling Higgs boson the ‘God particle’

      Professor Peter Higgs said recently that there is no God and so people should stop referring to the theoretical partial that
      bears his name as the “God particle.”

      http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/04/08/atheist-prof-peter-higgs-stop-calling-higgs-bosen-the-god-particle/

      April 10, 2013 at 8:23 pm |
    • Chance

      Again a off topic link. Anyways the Higgs whatever you want call it: It's existence was theorized long ago by the standard model. The Higgs could be theorized by the orderly construction of the universe we live in. In other words the existence of the Higgs is wonderful news to a believer because it fits the belief of creation. Something as orderly as the universe we live in indeed is compatible with the idea of creation.

      April 11, 2013 at 12:09 pm |
  9. Truthbetold

    I find it funny that Atheists would claim the bible has historical falsehoods when it has been PROVEN to be historically accurate on many different accounts. So much for supporting the truth huh guys?

    April 10, 2013 at 1:13 pm |
    • sam

      Where has it been proven accurate?

      April 10, 2013 at 1:14 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      Adam and eve...proven wrong by genetics and fossil record
      Jonah and the whale...wrong by physics and biology
      Noahs ark...proven wrong by genetics, physics, and biology ( and a few other sciences)

      What is your point?

      April 10, 2013 at 1:16 pm |
    • Are people really this dumb?`

      It contains some places and people that are real combined with things that probably never happened. Much like Harry Potter books.

      April 10, 2013 at 1:17 pm |
    • BW

      Yea, you're just plain wrong. Never has any extraordinary claim the bible makes been proven to be true.

      April 10, 2013 at 1:22 pm |
    • lol??

      sam sayz,
      "Where has it been proven accurate?"

      Show us your medical records.

      April 10, 2013 at 1:29 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      And it has been proven false on many accounts as well.
      For example, the story of Christ's birth says that Mary and Joseph travelled to Bethlehem to be taxed and counted, but taxation and census taking in the Roman Empire didn't work that way. Citizens didn't have to go back to their place of birht for it, and certainly not women since they barely counted as human beings, let alone citizens.
      Furthermore, the three empire-wide censuses were in 28 B.C., 8 B.C., and 14 A.D.
      There was no census in "year 0".

      April 10, 2013 at 1:31 pm |
    • lol??

      What are your sources, docster? The lying RCC, the lying Romans, or the lying contemporary universities? Antichrists have always been around since they went for the gusto.

      April 10, 2013 at 2:42 pm |
    • midwest rail

      More irony – lol?? asking for sources. Priceless.

      April 10, 2013 at 2:44 pm |
    • Bible Clown©

      You wouldn't know the Truth if an angel came down from a cloud and revealed it to you on a stone tablet. Show us this "proof" of yours. Can't do it, eh? Get lost.

      April 10, 2013 at 2:46 pm |
  10. objectivist51

    After years in different religions I still find that my Catholic religion is still the purist. Yes I know all about the scandal so please hold your retorts on it. As a matter of teaching the Catholics I feel do it best. The Baptist, Mega Baptist are businesses not teaching churches. Besides the hypocrisy within that faith thinking they know better than anyone else when the KJV Bible isn't even 400 years old yet and incomplete. Just my point of view.

    April 10, 2013 at 1:12 pm |
    • lol??

      peter, the circu*msision apostle, was the first pope? Didn't know Rome had that many jews at the time. Paul didn't either when he wrote to the gentiles in the book of romans.

      April 10, 2013 at 1:26 pm |
    • Kdaddy

      Not sure what you're getting at with the KJV, but it turned 400 years old in 2011.

      April 10, 2013 at 1:33 pm |
    • Dean

      Much of the evil written about in the Book of Revelations is aimed toward the Church in Rome.....Roman Catholic Church.....as being the persecuter of Christians.

      April 10, 2013 at 2:05 pm |
    • Bible Clown©

      The Catholic Church wiped out the other churches, so who knows if one of them might have been better? The Albigensians said they couldn't trust the Bible completely, as it had been written down and subjected to Man's alterations, and so they tried to please God instead of the book. The Catholics killed them all, women and children and the aged. They ended up as the One Church because they killed all the other Christians.

      April 10, 2013 at 2:54 pm |
    • drep

      "I still find that my Catholic religion is still the purist"

      And they are exceedingly good at hiding child r a p i s t s.

      You forgot to mention that.

      April 10, 2013 at 2:55 pm |
    • Bible Clown©

      "You forgot to mention that." Actually he did, and asked you not to go off on that tangent. Since medieval days, the church served as a hiding place for gay men who didn't fit in, and for men who weren't safe around children. They ended up as monks, not much better than prisoners in some cases but safely apart from the world. A gay man with good character was likely to end up as a village priest, "forbidden" to date and dedicated to his community. As the church's power waned, this social safety-valve began to fall apart as well . . .

      April 10, 2013 at 3:05 pm |
  11. Bible Clown©

    Straight up: there are plenty of ministers who do a lot of good in this world. Most of them have actual churches, aren't rich, and spend some of their budget on cemetery upkeep. Chumps like Osteen steal their credit as well as the pennies from their collection plates.

    April 10, 2013 at 12:50 pm |
    • lol??

      Up: For straight spirit, 2 ounces stirred with ice to chill, generally served in a chilled co*cktail glass. For a co*cktail, shaken or stirred (depending on the ingredients) with ice, generally served in a chilled co*cktail glass.

      http://blogs.westword.com/cafesociety/2010/11/ask_the_bartender_5.php

      April 10, 2013 at 1:22 pm |
    • Science

      Yea lol??.......................drink enough of those you be seeing your fairy in the sky sooner than later ?

      April 10, 2013 at 1:42 pm |
    • Bible Clown©

      Lol, if that's Holy Spirit, use a LOT of ice.

      April 10, 2013 at 2:08 pm |
  12. LalaOlala

    This guy preaches Christianity and is a multi-millionaire? Didn't Jesus say something like "give up everything and follow me"?

    April 10, 2013 at 12:36 pm |
    • Bible Clown©

      He said 'beware these false preachers, who are like unto wolves in sheep's clothing.' Or something like that.

      April 10, 2013 at 12:42 pm |
  13. choo

    It was a trick question. He never had faith, ya goofballs.

    April 10, 2013 at 12:35 pm |
  14. Thus Spoke a Modest Proposer

    When you encounter someone who professes to be an Atheist, take the most personally advantageous action: eat him. Atheists are high in protein and a good source of B vitamins and amino acids. Be discreet in your endeavors until Atheists are recgonized as game animals by the state. Remember, you have nothing to fear except law enforcement as long as you have braised, roasted or broiled the Atheist to an internal temperature of at least 160 degrees. They are also good in casseroles and fricassees.
    Atheists are a small and weak minority who should be exploited.
    Make no mistake...I am an Atheist myself...but I will never reveal that to the world. It serves my interests to call myself a Christian in order to further my purposes.
    Do not bore me with notions of how I should obey my "inner moral sense". My moral sense is nothing but a biological construct, a primitive survival advantage I have outgrown...much as I have outgrown the need for God. I can discard them both easily...they are worthless to me...After all, God Is Dead and the only good is what is good for ME. I am the Superman. I am beyond Good and Evil.

    April 10, 2013 at 11:42 am |
    • Gobuckeyes

      Atheists might be tasty... Evangelicals and extremely religious folk are not. They are almost always too full of something that is not edible and has a foul odor!

      April 10, 2013 at 12:01 pm |
    • drep

      "Evangelicals and extremely religious folk are not"

      They are also very fatty.

      April 10, 2013 at 12:13 pm |
    • Bible Clown©

      I am impressed by how well you can copy and paste, and by nothing else in your cowardly, sickening opinion. But thanks for showing anyone who cares what "Christians" actually get from their Bibles.

      April 10, 2013 at 12:37 pm |
    • lol??

      Bath salts do have a lasting effect.

      April 10, 2013 at 1:10 pm |
  15. Nick

    That guy , in my opinion, is more of a motivational speaker than a pastor. He owns two multi-million dollar lots in one of Houston's most affluent neighborhoods. One of the lots is for his mansion, the other is for his Olympic swimming pool and tennis court.....I have no problems with people making a lot of money, but when you make a fortune off a religion it irks me a little.

    April 10, 2013 at 11:41 am |
    • bible thumper

      God does not have a problem with people making lots of money. The issue is making money your idol. In the bible, Abraham, David, Solomen (just to name a few) were extremely wealthy individuals. But they still had a great love and obedience to God and God blessed them in all areas of there lives, included their finances. Being a christian doesn't mean you have to live in a dirt house eating bugs.

      April 10, 2013 at 12:47 pm |
    • heywood

      You mean selling religion like pancakes bothers you? "You will be saved, but only if you send money". The saddest part are his followers.

      April 10, 2013 at 12:58 pm |
    • davey

      oh what ever shall you do. yes he is a motivational speaker and as effective as any of them. why don't you listen, or perhaps you are too special for that. ha aha ha.

      April 10, 2013 at 2:03 pm |
    • Bible Clown©

      " perhaps you are too special for that. ha aha ha"

      1. Where's Goliath, Davey?
      2. Did you go to special school on a short bus to be such an expert on "special?"

      April 10, 2013 at 2:10 pm |
  16. drep

    “a fallible, flawed, highly inconsistent history book that has been altered hundreds of times”

    The funny thing about this whole hoax is that the above statement is completely and utterly factual.

    April 10, 2013 at 11:31 am |
    • BRB

      Why would a guy shoot the goose that laid the golden egg – every Sunday. He is not the only quack on the podium.

      April 10, 2013 at 11:55 am |
    • janey33

      drep...there is nothing factual about that statement. if you bothered to really read the Bible and do some research you would find that it is your statement that is flawed. But since you don't believe the Bible you will do anything to find fault with it. It doesn't even matter if the Bible is true or not, you have condemned it without bothering to do any research. You don't believie it, so it is wrong. That's very bad science. You are the hoax.

      April 10, 2013 at 12:54 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      Janey
      If you did any research, you would find that the bible was written by men, stealing stories from other cultures. Many sections of the bible have been proven wrong, and the fact is is that the bible was written, and has been edited beyond belief. It is nothing more than myth.

      Why don't you believe in Zeus? or any of the other thousands of gods men have created?

      April 10, 2013 at 12:58 pm |
    • Bible Clown©

      "without bothering to do any research. You don't believie it, so it is wrong. That's very bad science" So, if we test the Bible and it fails, you will be convinced it was all a hoax. Good, it's already been done a hundred times. The world's ancient and not flat, mankind is much older than the Jehovah myth claims, bats are mammals, and the sun hangs motionless while the Earth turns. Computers work and prayer fails. You know, I bet you are going to say that doesn't satisfy you and you prefer to go on believing . . .

      April 10, 2013 at 2:20 pm |
    • drep

      "You don't believie it, so it is wrong. That's very bad science"

      It is a highly edited collection of religious fictional fables. There is nothing to believe or disbelieve.

      Do you believe Harry Potter, The Hobbit or Star Wars?

      April 10, 2013 at 2:58 pm |
  17. Nothing matters. And what if it did?

    Quick, atheists, write a sentence using the phrase, "bronze age myth"...LOL...

    April 10, 2013 at 11:11 am |
    • Pole dancing for Jesus

      Christians know that their faith is really a myth from the bronze age but still they prefer myth to reality.

      April 10, 2013 at 11:15 am |
    • drep

      It is really more of an Iron age myth, but a myth nonetheless.

      April 10, 2013 at 11:29 am |
    • Larry

      I'd rather you research what a "bronze age myth" is. Maybe then you'll understand why we mention it so much.

      April 10, 2013 at 11:30 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Quick, religionists, conflate atheism with communism, satanism, nihilism, anarchism, and/or general immorality.
      Then you can revel in your schadenfreude at the belief that they'll all suffer eternal torment.

      April 10, 2013 at 11:35 am |
    • fintastic

      would you prefer imaginary sky daddy?

      April 10, 2013 at 11:41 am |
    • drep

      "would you prefer imaginary sky daddy?"

      I have always preferred "cosmic jewish zombie".

      April 10, 2013 at 11:55 am |
    • Bible Clown©

      A Bronze-Age myth did your mom. And Sky Daddy watched. Happy now?

      April 10, 2013 at 12:40 pm |
    • Science

      Or the fairy in the sky

      April 10, 2013 at 12:40 pm |
    • janey33

      Pole dancing for Jesus...You are wrong of course, but since you don't belileve in God you have no way of knowing the truth. Christians know their faith is real because they have a personal relationship with God. They have firsthand knowledge of the reality of God. But since you don't believe in something you must poke fun out of it. It makes no difference to me what you believe. I am much more tolerant than you are.

      April 10, 2013 at 1:00 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @Janey
      "you are wrong, of course"
      "I am tolerant".

      This is like saying "I'm humble. If there was an award for humility, I'd have 3 of them."

      April 10, 2013 at 1:03 pm |
    • Bible Clown©

      " I am much more tolerant than you are" I am not only ten times more tolerant than both of you, but ten times more tolerant than both of you put together. And I'm not going to take another instant of you questioning my tolerance, do you hear me?? pant pant pant

      April 10, 2013 at 2:12 pm |
    • drep

      "Christians know their faith is real because they have a personal relationship with God"

      What does he look like?

      What does he sound like?

      IIf you don't know what he looks like and he sounds like you, it is just the voices in your head.

      April 10, 2013 at 3:00 pm |
  18. tony

    Confirmed: J O has not abandoned the huge income stream.

    April 10, 2013 at 11:00 am |
    • davey

      your jealousy shows tripe.

      April 10, 2013 at 2:04 pm |
    • midwest rail

      Davey, by your logic, all rich people are beyond criticism from those with less money. Nonsense.

      April 10, 2013 at 2:06 pm |
    • Bible Clown©

      You mean he's jealous because Osteen doesn't have to eat tripe?

      April 10, 2013 at 2:13 pm |
  19. No, Joel Osteen has not renounced his faith - BUT

    No, Joel Osteen has not renounced his faith, but he really does like taking it up his rear end.

    April 10, 2013 at 10:56 am |
    • Mark

      I suppose only you be know that!

      April 10, 2013 at 11:25 am |
    • fintastic

      Jebus! where's the KY??

      April 10, 2013 at 12:11 pm |
  20. chaz

    wow, i wish I had time to read all the responses and correct all the people in error about the Bible and Jesus, but I need all my spare time to read the Bible more than I do.

    April 10, 2013 at 10:50 am |
    • Pole dancing for Jesus

      Wouldn't want reality creeping in, would you?

      April 10, 2013 at 10:53 am |
    • Mark

      As opposed to satan Pole. Be careful!

      April 10, 2013 at 11:24 am |
    • Larry

      chaz
      Isn't it a contradiction to say that you need all your spare time to read the Bible more than you already do, and then claim to be an expert on the Bible and Jesus?

      April 10, 2013 at 11:33 am |
    • Bible Clown©

      chaz, you need Pastor Osteen's New Guaranteed and Sanctified Bible Suppositories™. Now, you can learn about the Bible by taking it up the rear, just like the big-time religionists do. Why waste time looking at the Bible when you can just take it all in at once? Remember, Jesus doesn't like it when you cry.

      April 10, 2013 at 12:46 pm |
    • janey33

      chaz...they don't matter. They are filled with hate and intolerance for anything they do not agree with. Why bother to waste your time with them.

      April 10, 2013 at 1:03 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @janey
      "they don't matter"
      There's your self-professed tolerance again, eh?

      April 10, 2013 at 1:06 pm |
    • Bible Clown©

      "Why bother to waste your time with them." Quick, stop up your ears and don't look at what they wrote! Sing at the top of your lungs until the truth is safely past. Whew, THAT was a narrow escape. Almost learned something.

      April 10, 2013 at 2:15 pm |
    • mark

      They are but a vapor! We should pray for them though! God bless them for they are clueless!

      April 10, 2013 at 3:21 pm |
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